The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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Achievable Dream The definitive guide to planning your motorcycle adventure! This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series. "The ultimate round the world rider's how-to DVD!" MCN UK.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
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I'm looking at booking up a 4x4 driving course to allow me to get to know my vehicle a learn about all aspects of expedition and off road driving. I'm just checking to see if anyone has any recommendations?
I need it to be within a couple hours drive of Southampton, or possibly between Southampton and west Cornwall, as I might take advantage of the Xmas break to take the training and I'm I'm travelling down to Cornwall then.
Theres a few I've found on the web, ranging from £65 - £440, and I'm sure in many ways you get what you pay for, but one of the key things we'd like to do is do it in our own vehicle.
There are plenty of offroad clubs, the members are usually more than happy to offer advice and even sit in with you on playdays. It could work out cheaper, and even reduce your insurance premium.
just a thought.
Have you thought about the BORDA stage 1 and 2 course? Its very good off road intro. The course centres around what’s safe to do and potential hazards rather than just splashing through mud.
I did the course at Trax and Trails (Devon / Cornwall boarder) a couple of months ago and was extremely impressed with the instructors knowledge and was entertained the tracks on their site. All in all it was a fun couple of days and I think money well spent.
After 20 years of professional expedition driving in N.Africa and the Middle East, I was surprised at how much I learnt!! I'm not sure if that you can use your own vehicle (insurance ect) but they have a range of Defenders and Discos to chose from. Personally I preferred driving their vehicles as I wasn’t so worried about having an expensive roof denting accident. ...and before anyone mentions it - I have no connection with them - I was just very impressed with the set up there.
My wife and I did the two day course at Dave Bowyers, prior to going on our trip to Africa. We were suitably impressed with the course and the instructor and what we found the vehicle was capable of doing - not having had much 4x4 experience prior.
They are very profesional, but ensure that the course is enjoyable - we also met another bloke who was doing our course, bacame good friends and met up in Africa - he travelled up from Zambia to North Tanzania to meet up with us.
Do not hesitate to go and bok Dave Bowyers course, they are very experienced, know what they are talking about and will give you a discount in their shop for off road and recovery kit.
A Few months ago I would have said got to Land Rover Experience West Country (Awliscombe near Honiton, Devon)- www. lre9.com
...... and ask for me as your Instructor - but Im now in Canada !!!
Seriously, if you dont mind paying a few extra quid, the quality of the Instruction is WORLD class, the curriculum can be tailored to your requirements and if you havent taken a Defender seriously off road you will be amazed at what it will do.
I think you will find it difficult to use your own vehicle at most off road centres - for insurance - believe me it is better to use a nice new Td5 that isnt yours, for the toughest terrain, and see what the Defender can really do, as opposed to ragging the hell out of your pride and joy - the differences are not that great and (a good) Instructor will highlight the main differences, Traction Control etc etc.
I would reccommend a Level one - full day and ask for AJ as your instructor - a good friend of mine and really knows his stuff.
If you dont mind going further afield, head to Land Rover Experience Malverns at Eastnor Castle - some of the toughest terrain in the UK and the same range of courses.
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